24 January, 2021

Jinnah's Children

A man of law is again the architect of a new politics. The parties piggyback on the people. Updates

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Jinnah's Children
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Voices In Unison

  • Suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry took 26 hours to cover the 260-km distance from Islamabad to Lahore
  • The huge turnout along the route reflects the popular upsurge against Musharraf-and support for Chaudhry
  • It shows the clout of political parties, as they organised the roadshow
  • Show of people's power could prompt Benazir to rethink her decision of striking a deal with Musharraf
  • PPP leader Aitizaz Ahsan is the new political hero. Could break from Benazir and form his own party
  • Finally, the movement is about democracy and primacy of the rule of law.

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When the suspended chief justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, stepped into the four-wheel drive in Islamabad to begin his 260-km travel to the High Court Bar Council in Lahore, nobody in Pakistan had quite thought the day—May 5—could herald Pakistani democracy's

"journey into history". Nearly 26...
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